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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

It’s that time of the year again! The Montegrappa Writing Prize is open for entries!

If you’re in the GCC, this is your chance to have your unpublished manuscript judged by top UK literary agent, Luigi Bonomi Associates.

All you have to do is enter the first 2,000 words of your manuscript and a 400-word synopsis, and you could be winning an individual session with Bonomi, a two-night stay at a Five Star hotel in Dubai and a Montegrappa Limited Edition pen.

To all the aspiring writers out there with a story begging to be written, head over to our website and enter here.

Montegrappa Writing Prize Workshop

Want a helping hand? Sign up for our workshop where you can get tips from past winners. Annabel Kantaria is the author of I Know You, The Disappearance and more, and Jessica Jarlvi, wrote When I Wake Up and What Did I Do?

The pair will share the secret of how they captured Luigi Bonomi’s attention. More details about the workshop can be found here.


This years’ Costa Debate topic is asking the most contentious question of which genre is the best and why. Showcase your creative flair and win a trip around the world worth AED10,000 by writing your 300-word argument.


Are you in London and looking for something to do this Wednesday? An evening of Emirati poetry is on offer at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre at 8pm as part of the London Literature Festival.

Nujoom Alghanem
Nujoom Alghanem is an Emirati writer, artist and film director, and one of the most recognized female poets in the Arab World for her free-verse writing style.

Ali AlShaali
Ali Al Shaali is a poet, culture activist and publisher who has been reciting his poetry in the Middle East for the last 20 years.

Maryam Mahyoh 
Maryam Mahyoh is a poet, painter and fashion designer. She has won a number of poetry awards and competitions.

The event is free but tickets are required.


Turn challenges into profits learning from Dunkin Donuts’ business legend, Nigel Travis as he delves in to his new book, The Challenge Culture. Don’t miss a chance to get ahead in business with tips from one of the leading business brains in the world on 11 November at 7pm, World Trade Club.

Tickets are only AED30 or AED100 along with a book, signed at the event. The Challenge Culture will be available to purchase at a discount at the event.


Whether you’re a hopeful poet, budding writer or have a love for reading, we have the competition for you.  There’s not long left to enter the competitions so for more information, click here.


As a Foundation Friend, you can enjoy discounts, priority seating and exclusive benefits. Even better, Foundation Friends get priority booking for our festival events.

Join now and make sure you never miss out again!